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Rub the wrong way

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rub the wrong way to irritate by opposition
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Quotations

  • W. Somerset Maugham
    W.%20Somerset%20Maugham
    “Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.”

Idioms

Rub someone up the wrong way - If you annoy or irritate someone when you didn't mean to, you rub them up the wrong way.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Most prob. Celt.; Gael. rub, W. rhwbio, to rub, to grind.

Usage

In literature:

Don't do no harm, only Mr. Peth gits rubbed the wrong way sometimes.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
She felt, as she expressed it, like a cat rubbed the wrong way.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Judge Trent rubbed his chin the wrong way.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
What was it about the rascal that rubbed him the wrong way only to look at him?
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
I mustn't rub him the wrong way!
"Germinie Lacerteux" by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
It had always rubbed him the wrong way.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
In so doing he rubbed his hat the wrong way.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
He rubs our instincts a little the wrong way, but after all, this is not the time to be sensitive.
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
She felt, as she said afterwards, as if Miss Winstead had rubbed her the wrong way.
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
Mamie had the faculty of always rubbing her up the wrong way.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
I think all your other friends are lovely, but Miss Barnes rubs me the wrong way.
"Betty Wales Freshman" by Edith K. Dunton
THE knots in the marriage tie which rub a man the wrong way are the "shalt nots"; those which chafe a woman are the "ought nots.
"Reflections of a Bachelor Girl" by Helen Rowland
Who has been rubbing you the wrong way?
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
They're an ugly lot, Bob here says, if you rub the fur the wrong way.
"The Boy Scouts in the Blue Ridge" by Herbert Carter
Every feather I possess has been rubbed up the wrong way.
"Through the Postern Gate" by Florence L. Barclay
Every word I spoke that morning rubbed Mr. Daly's fur the wrong way.
"Life on the Stage" by Clara Morris
Wal, that rubbed me the wrong way.
"Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher" by Eleanor Gates
There were many things about Buddhism, however, that rubbed Chinese the wrong way.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
Of all the Cubs in the Pack, Ross was the only one who rubbed him the wrong way.
"Dan Carter and the Haunted Castle" by Mildred A. Wirt
There's something about that fellow that certain rubs my fur the wrong way.
"The New Boys at Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
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In news:

Bethenny Frankel's 30-pound weight loss three weeks after giving birth to an underweight baby girl, Bryn, is rubbing some new mothers the wrong way.
Greeting rubs pair of Democrats the wrong way.
Tenacious team-first midfielder knows his aggressive, abrasive style rubs some the wrong way.
Flubs Are Rubbing Some Republicans the Wrong Way.
New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow, left, and reality TV star Kim Kardashian both seem to rub a lot of people the wrong way.
Tim Farrell/The Star Ledger Jordany Valdespin's emotion-fueled style sometimes rub his teammates the wrong way.
Shaving isn't the only thing that can seriously rub you the wrong way.
Mavericks' Najera rubbing Spurs the wrong way.
Perhaps his dedication to the things he stood for ultimately rubbed people the wrong way.
Asphalt patchwork on Bloor St sidewalk rubs pedestrians the wrong way.
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can wear people down, or rub people the wrong way.
A Washington man rubbed cops the wrong way – by telling them they couldn't arrest him for public indecency until he was done pleasuring himself.
But most forgiving is for the small bruises of daily life, when others let you down, thwart or hassle you, or just rub you the wrong way.
Kirstie Alley's entourage rubbed MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell the wrong way.
I love a good prank, but these people rub me the wrong way.
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